Norwegian salmon farming company SalMar has taken delivery of the world’s first semi-submersible aquaculture support vessel from China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group.
The vessel Ocean Farm 1 is 110 meters (360 feet) in diameter, 69 meters (230 feet) in eight, weighs 7,700 tons. It is designed to accommodate water for farming 1.5 million fish while maintaining a death rate of less than two percent.
Following the official handover ceremony on June 3, 2017, Ocean Farm 1 will be towed to Norway from the shipyard in Qingdao. Upon arrival in the second half of 2017, the structure will be positioned in Frohavet, off the coast of Trøndelag.